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October 31, 2014


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8 ways to protect the value of your car this winter

(BPT) - Your car is one of your most prized possessions. It’s your road-trip partner, your chauffer each morning and your home away from home when you’re on the go. Because you depend on your car for so much, you want to protect and keep it running as long as possible.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
10 healthy strategies to survive the holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year. A chance to see old friends and distant relatives, take a vacation or just put the stresses of everyday life behind you so you can focus solely on family and fun. If you’re trying to manage your weight, though, holiday activities can come with a cost if you give in to the treats of the season.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
Simple steps to make your holiday guests feel at home
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holiday season makes for a memorable time of year, providing the chance to visit with old friends and relatives you might not see often. Equipping yourself with the right tools early on can be the key to enjoying a stress-free hosting experience this season, while ensuring your guests’ visit is as comfortable as possible. Following these simple tips will help you create a welcoming home so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy most.

Holiday survival guide: quick tricks to eliminate hassles and headaches
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for family gatherings, dinner parties, gift exchanges and the sound of laughter coming from around the table. With the hustle and bustle surrounding the holidays, finding ways to reduce stress can help you survive the season. Here are six simple tips that will help your holidays go from hectic to holly and jolly, with even a little time left over to relax before your guests start arriving.

Timely, budget-friendly solutions for getting your house ready for the holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The fun chaos of the holidays is right around the corner. Family gatherings to plan, delicious meals to prepare, gifts to find and purchase, and a house to decorate ... the list goes on!

Four ways to spark creativity in your children
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:

Monday 10/27/2014
Inspiration for a simple and delicious Thanksgiving
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Thanksgiving is all about abundance. It’s a time when Americans pull out the stops to celebrate everything they have to be thankful for with a big, delicious meal that will leave everyone at the table saying “Wow!”

Simple ways to bust winter blues
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Shorter days, colder weather, icy roads, and less sunshine – winter can be a serious downer. It’s not just in your head, either; 14 percent of Americans suffer from the winter blues and 6 percent have the more serious form of doldrums known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), according to research published in the journal Psychiatry.

Clever holiday entertaining shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s the season for entertaining. Between the holidays, family gatherings and just needing an excuse to socialize during the long winter months, you’ll probably be organizing several fun parties and gatherings at your home.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Welcome Your Holiday Guests With Inviting Lighting
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Everyone is starting to spruce up their homes for holiday entertaining. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), it's easy to make your home warm and inviting by updating your ambient lighting.

Monday 10/20/2014
A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Many of our fondest childhood memories consist of spending time with friends and family, baking delicious holiday cookies and eyeing the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Tips for reducing tailgating waste
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Tailgating at your favorite sports events is almost as big a draw as the game itself, with lots of food, lots of fun - and, unfortunately, lots of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, large college stadiums can generate 100 tons of waste per game, for example. But you can help reduce game day waste by taking a few simple steps, such as choosing the right packaging, recycling everything you can, and using tailgating essentials made with recycled plastics.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Gifts for the trend-setter, go-getter and romantic-at-heart
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Gift-giving doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’re struggling to find the perfect present, or if you just need some inspiration, Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Lawrence VonRompf has tips to help you please all the women on your holiday shopping list.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Keep your skin glowing by staying active as temperatures start to drop
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - For some, chillier weather can decrease the likelihood of sticking to a consistent workout routine. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes one can make to ensure that staying active during short winter days and long nights remains a priority. Not only does exercise benefit physical and mental well-being, but it also has a positive effect on the look and feel of skin.

Keep the cold at bay with these home winterizing tips
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Winter’s frigid temperatures are on their way, and if you wait until the cold hits to finally start winterizing your home, it may already be too late to prevent home damage.

Monday 10/13/2014
DIY Halloween costumes that won't spook your budget
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for this year’s “it” Halloween costume. Americans will spend $2.8 billion dollars on Halloween costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Trends Report.

Why grandma’s holiday check could be the worst gift for a special needs child
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from grandma or grandpa around the holidays? It could be the worst gift your child gets this year, if he or she is a child with special needs.

Friday 10/10/2014
New ideas to bring your Halloween decor back from the dead
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new direction.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Enjoy healthier comfort foods while keeping the comfort
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Comfort foods remind us of home, warmth and family; they are often the creamy, rich and heavy everyday foods we had as children. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken may be soothing to the soul, but not to the waistline.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
Tips to help online degree-seekers balance family, fun and education during the holidays
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are typically everyone’s favorite time of the year. They’re filled with family, festivities, good cheer and good food. But for anyone juggling parental duties, work and online learning, relaxing and enjoying the holidays can be a challenge.

Simple twists to enhance classic Thanksgiving fare
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Family and friends make Thanksgiving special, but it’s the food that’s always the center of attention. From juicy turkey and creamy potatoes to zesty cranberries and buttery rolls, nobody leaves the table hungry. This year, delight guests by making the classic foods they love but with a few simple twists that will leave taste buds dancing.

10 expert strategies for enjoying holiday foods without the weight gain
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Fun, family, food – the holidays are packed with enjoyable activities. But hectic schedules, holiday stress, and tasty indulgences at every turn can lead to a few extra pounds by the year’s end. Fortunately, with a few smart strategies, joyful eating doesn’t have to result in holiday weight gain.

How to simplify holiday shopping this year
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Does the prospect of holiday shopping make you dance with joy, or tremble with dread? Americans seem pretty evenly split into both categories, a CBS News poll found last year. Love it or hate it, holiday shopping has to happen – the National Retail Federation says more than 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. So why not take some steps to streamline your holiday shopping, and make it as easy and cost-effective as possible?

Keep comfortable and stylish with denim this holiday season
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - The end of the year is often a continuous social event full of holiday parties, family reunions and special productions at work or the kids’ school. Because of how hectic and extended the season is, it’s important to wear fun fashions that are both comfortable and stylish to keep you looking good the entire holiday season.

This holiday season, give your family the world – without breaking the bank
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Everyone has special holiday traditions, from heirloom decorations to secret recipes passed down from generation to generation. Whether your holiday celebration means an intimate family gathering or an elaborate house-filled party, why not add something new to your festive mix? Many authentic holiday traditions are just a grocery-store-trip away – and you may discover a new family favorite from a faraway land.

Friday 10/03/2014
Mischievous twists on your family's favorite Halloween tricks and treats
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - When Halloween rolls around, ghosts and goblins roam the streets. With surprise creatures popping out of coffins and silly, spooky pranks around the neighborhood, it is truly the most mischievous time of year.

Thursday 10/02/2014
Up your game: tips for tailgating
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Fall brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and most importantly (many will argue) football! Nothing beats rooting for your team with good friends and good game grub. Whether you’ll be cheering from the couch or chanting in the stadium, you can easily up your game when it comes to awesome tailgate fare. Make these dishes ahead of time, so you can just pack them in the cooler or set them out on the table on game day and not miss a minute of the action.

5 totally bogus things you only think you know about allergies
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already aware of everything there is to know about allergies and the allergens that trigger them. You may actually “know” much less than you think.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
How to be host or hostess with the most(est) with these delicious seasonal recipes
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - This time of year is all about the people you love — when you invite old friends or beloved family members into your home to celebrate and make lasting memories.

8 Halloween hacks for throwing ghoulishly memorable parties
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The costumes, the candy, the creative pumpkin carvings – Halloween has been steadily increasing in popularity, with the spooky holiday spend being second only to Christmas. The National Retail Federation says the number of people buying sweet treats for Halloween actually beats out Easter.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
When It Comes to Winter Roof Checkups, the Attic Is Your Friend
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - You know you're supposed to do it twice a year. But what homeowner relishes the thought of climbing a ladder to check the health of his roof -- as key to a home's energy efficiency as that roof might be -- when the weather is turning sharply colder outside?

Pest Proof Now to Protect Homes for Winter
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:33 pm

(NewsUSA) - As the cold winter months quickly approach, people won't be the only ones huddling inside for warmth. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent pests like cockroaches, rodents and nuisance wildlife from making your home their winter getaway.

Winterize today for a warm and cozy home tomorrow
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Last winter’s polar vortex not only affected the majority of the country with subfreezing temperatures, but wreaked havoc on utility bills. In fact, consumers in 13 states and the District of Columbia used enough energy in January to capture eight of the 10 highest winter demand days on record, according to PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator. According to the Farmers’ Almanac and other weather predictors, a polar vortex is expected to rear its ugly head again this winter.

Monday 09/29/2014
Think outside the pie tin: 3 surprising ways to savor pumpkin this fall
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Few flavors say “fall” more clearly and tastily than pumpkin. The squash that’s synonymous with autumn is also packed with vitamins, fiber and protein, making it a perfect ingredient for a variety of dishes – not just for everyone’s favorite holiday pie. Canned or fresh, pumpkin works in savory and sweet dishes alike.

Friday 09/26/2014
Treats without tricks: Safety and nutrition tips for Halloween
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 10:43 am

(BPT) - Halloween night is swiftly approaching and parents want children to stay safe while having fun. It’s easy to take the tricks out of trick-or-treating with simple Halloween safety and nutrition tips.

Monday 09/22/2014
Dare to pair: food and wine pairings for game day
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:58 am

(BPT) - When it comes to game day food, are you bored by brats and beer? If you’re looking to step up your game and serve daring game day fare, why not try something new with a creative food and wine pairing?

Thursday 09/18/2014
Simple ways to make sure your garage isn't costing you money on utility bills
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:52 am

(BPT) - As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home’s energy use during the winter heating season. But a quick home checkup can help you can reduce these costs, prepare for winter and enjoy energy savings.

Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 4:00 am

(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons – from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like sun, rain and cold by applying sunscreen and dressing appropriately, it’s important to protect your vehicle from the great outdoors. Your car needs to be prepared for the varying weather ahead – just like people do. Here are a few easy DIY projects to keep your car looking new and running for seasons to come.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
DIY projects to help you whip winter
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter.

Monday 09/15/2014
Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color – fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward to as the season changes. So what types of things are high on Americans’ to-do lists this year?

Tuesday 09/09/2014
Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors including weeds, mold or even indoor allergens.

Thursday 09/04/2014
Chic storage ideas to corral clutter
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it’s easy to add stylish storage to corral extra items. Get organized and keep your home clutter-free with a few smart tips.

Tuesday 09/02/2014
Think hosting a dinner party is difficult? Think again
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:42 am

(BPT) - Some might call the dinner party a lost art, but gathering family and friends around the table to eat great food, drink fantastic wine and enjoy each other’s company is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Creating an elegant, effortless evening to remember is easier than one might think.

Change-of-season checklist for lowering home energy costs
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - The change of season creates a need for many adjustments around your home, from switching over wardrobes to warmer clothes, to completing necessary yard work and home repairs. You can also make adjustments to ensure you get the most out of your heating and cooling dollars as temperatures change.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 3:40 am


Wednesday 08/27/2014
Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.

Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

Make this football season a smarter one
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - As the less structured and sun-filled summer days come to an end, many households across the country are preparing for football camps, practices and the start of the season. Coaches are dusting off their playbooks, schools and leagues are prepping the fields, and parents are adjusting their schedules to make time to attend games and scrimmages.  

Friday 08/15/2014
Stress-free back-to-school shopping tips for parents of teens
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping with a teenager can be harrowing for both parent and child. Parents must balance the function and fashion of required supplies to make returning to school fun, yet still within budget. With parents of teens spending $133.40 on average for back-to-school supplies per child, according to a recent Staples back-to-school survey, price is very important. With some careful planning, cooperative tactics and a few tips, it’s possible to turn back-to-school shopping excursions into an opportunity for kids to learn smart decision-making and express themselves with designs.

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